October 22, 2018 3.03 pm This story is over 61 months old

Violent crime on the rise in Lincolnshire

Police say it’s due to changes in the way the crimes are reported

The number of violent crime incidents has increased across Lincolnshire according to the latest figures published by the Office of National Statistics.

The figures show that violent crime has increased by 27% with 10,477 violent crimes recorded from June 2017 to June 2018.

There were 8,261 instances of violent crime reported from June 2016 to June 2017.

Lincolnshire was revealed to be the least violent county in the East Midlands however, with Nottinghamshire taking the top spot with the highest number of recorded violent crime.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “Lincolnshire Police takes any report of violence extremely seriously and our officers will bring offenders to justice and get victims to safety.

“Reports of violence have increased across the country due to changes made to crime recording back in April.

“When incidents of stalking, harassment or malicious communications are reported to us and violence is a factor, new crimes are recorded every time the victim makes a report.

“This can result in many crimes being recorded for a series which relates to just one offender and one victim.

“That being said we will always prioritise helping that victim before the situation escalates.”